Jason Kidd recorded this song for a 1994 album called B-Ball's Best Kept Secret, a title that sounds as bad as the idea itself (one unspoken rule about basketball is that thou shalt never refer to it as "b-ball" with a straight face). The collection paired NBA players with producers and rappers to record tracks — Gary Payton had a song "Livin' Legal and Large," Cedric Ceballos recorded one with Warren G called "Flow On" — at a time when that idea didn't immediately come across as a joke.

The producers provided Kidd, who was just 21 years old at the time and who had probably just begun his professional career with Dallas, with a Dre-esque west coast beat that sounds like it could have have come from Doggystyle's reject pile. There are no real memorable lines here. He does try for some syllable play on the line "St. Joe's, the whole street had me diff'rent/But I was good on the dribble, like an in-fant," and the line about trying "to hit the strip in a drop 500 Benzito" has a nice Biggie-inspired flow to it, but the real joy of the song is that Kidd sounds like a kid who can't believe he gets to rap about how tight he is and then go play basketball for a living.

We'll look for a reprise if he finally gets his title.

H/T SI's Hot Clicks.